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In many ways Canadian death Metal quintet Insurrection are field leaders in their approach to Metal, firstly for the method used to successfully launch 'Prototype', their third release, aptly named because it has been crowd funded with fans pledging to buy in advance.

Secondly because on half of the album their lyrics are in French and the other half English. A brave move, songs with lyrics in English always seem to gain more popularity but given that they hail from Gatineau, Quebec, a dual language area, a wise move also. Personally I found that the French lyric tracks to work very well and equally as enjoyable as the English.

'Prototype' follows 2009s 'Prologue' and 2010s 'Fracture' and is a well crafted blend of aggressive death Metal with just enough of a technical precision to make it interesting. The sound has an intense groove with crushing riffs. The vocals are excellent; mainly a deep, guttural growl backed with higher, gargling rasps, which are a perfect complement to each other. The drum work is very good also, well balanced to complement the guitars and vocals.

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The eleven track offering opens with 'Overprocessed', an interesting industrial styled, instrumental intro before ripping into 'Abattoir'. Immediately you are face to face with the brutality but this is balanced with a groove that runs throughout the chorus.

'The Chronophobes' has a technical edged groove while 'Checkmate' is pounding and intense; I love the guitar work towards the end.

'Sueures Froides' opens with possibly the sexiest technical groove ever and ends with more excellent guitar work. Dark intense pounding rhythms course through 'Hellfire' and 'Trois Minutes de Carnage' opens on a powerful roar, an aptly named track; this is indeed three minutes of carnage.


You can feel the brutal groove of 'Archetype' coursing through your veins as you listen. Album title track, 'Prototype' has some particularly noteworthy drum work, which takes a slightly more prominent position across this track. On 'They Rise' the chugging groove is interwoven with sinister guitar sections on this dark ominous penultimate number.

The final track, 'Bruits Sans Fin' is fast, technical and brutal with pounding rhythms and a dark edge to the construct, a great ender to an album that is catchy and memorable from start to end.

'Prototype' was produced by Topon Das (Fuck The Facts). If you like bands like Neuraxis, Misery Index, Decapitated, Testament, Bloodbath, Hypocrisy or Nevermore then this should appeal to you.

Successfully crowd funding an album is not only an innovative idea in these austere times it is also a positive reflection of the fans opinion of just how good they consider 'Insurrection' to be. I think this is an excellent album, I am not even going to attempt to pick a favourite track and I hope 'Prototype' takes them beyond the Canadian scene to a wider global audience. They have the talent that deserves it and the determination, I believe, to achieve it.

And here's an exclusive tream of the whole album:

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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